Like the true punk greats, trio VANT are socially and politically aware, and have something to say. Powerful and aggressive, as well it might be for a songwriter who finds Trump ‘terrifying’ and Brexit depressing. Speaking to the Boar at the back end of last year, singer and songwriter Mattie Vant expressed his wish that ‘the more powerful our voice becomes; we can hopefully change things outside of music.’
And what a powerful voice it is. Do You Know Me?, their newest video shared in order to celebrate the release of debut album DUMB BLOOD on February 17th, is electric and confrontational, direct in approach but shrewd and perceptive in content. It’s not easy to assault the senses at the same time as engaging the mind, but VANT manage it well, perhaps due to their unswerving vision for explosive and potent sounds that capture the primitive nature of humanity whilst addressing the modern issues facing it. Do You Know Me? also happens to be catchy as fuck. Intoxicatingly good fun and with something to say – it’s what music needs in 2017.